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Mental health counselors—often social workers or marriage and family therapists—provide counseling services for individuals, couples, families, teens, and children.
Mental health counselors must earn a master's degree in counseling or a closely related mental health field and complete a certain amount of clinical work after earning their degree.
Most mental health counselors are licensed by the states in which they practice and have passed a state-developed or national licensure or certification examination.
Current as of: January 14, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine